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One Click, $100,000 for Real Food

Dear Food Project Friends and Supporters,

We have some exciting news – our own David Schwartz of the Real Food Challenge is one of five finalists for the VH1 Do Something Award! If David wins, the Real Food Challenge will get $100,000 to help galvanize this movement to bring fresh, local food to college campuses. The award will be presented on a national live broadcast on VH1, bringing the message of the Real Food Challenge to a huge audience!

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2004 World Series Trophy Visits TFP

Mayor Menino and TFP youth with the trophy that ended the curse!
Mayor Menino and TFP youth with the trophy that ended the curse!
At our first 2011 Community Lunch in Boston, everyone got a special surprise: Red Sox Executive Chef Nookie Postal, who cooked the delicious meal, brought along the 2004 World Series trophy!

The event was held Monday, July 18, on The Food Project’s urban farm in Dorchester. Every summer, TFP hosts Community Lunches in all the communities where we work. All lunches feature delicious meals prepared by local chefs using freshly picked Food Project vegetables. In addition to their time, chefs generously donate other food items. Chef Postal went above and beyond in bringing along the trophy that ended the curse!

Chef Postal is thanked with TFP gear.
Chef Postal is thanked with TFP gear.
Chef Postal's delicious meal was served to top city officials, including Mayor Menino, Superintendent of Schools Carol Johnson, and Public Health Commission Director Barbara Ferrer.

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A Week in My Garden: Guest Spotlight

James Modi has a unique gardening arrangement at his Lynn home. Through a partnership with the GRO Project (Gardening through Refugee Organizations) and The Food Project, he shares 20 raised beds with almost 20 gardeners from his native Sudan, many of whom were small scale farmers in rural areas back home. Stemming from a need for their ethnic foods (think sweet potato leaf) and a desire to continue their farming tradition, the garden is tended and harvested communally - extra produce is sold at the New American Center in Lynn, providing supplementary income for many.

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Cucumbers Don't Play Nice

My first cucumber of the season.
My first cucumber of the season.

Container Kit Update

 

A few tasty snacks came from my container kit in June. I harvested several cucumbers which had the best crunch and were so tasty! And I had several ripe tomatoes so I made a delicious batch of salsa, which calmed an anxious group of friends joining me for a Bruins hockey playoff game.


Cucumber plant strangling my tomatoes.
Cucumber plant strangling my tomatoes.

 


One alert I have for container gardeners - if you are growing cucumbers and using the attachable cage that we gave you, note that the vine will most likely outgrow the cage. You should still be able to get a decent harvest. Be careful to keep the cucumber pot away from other plants - in this picture, the cucumber vine is wrapped around a tomato plant. I cut it off and moved the cucumber pot about 5 feet away from the tomatoes.

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Spotlight on Collards

Those hardy greens that grow on a stalk through late fall are an awesome plant to have in your garden. They can provide you food well into the winter. For many southern families these "greens" are a staple. Here is a recipe adapted from my mother's kitchen.

Southern Style Collard Greens

by Joy

1 tablespoon Butter
1 tablespoon Olive oil
2-3 Bunches of collards
1lb smoked turkey necks or any smoked meat (i.e. bacon, duck breast, etc.)
3-5 quarts of vegetable stock
onions
garlic
salt and pepper (to taste)

In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil and butter. Saute the onions until slightly softened, about 2 minutes, then add the smoked turkey necks and garlic, cook another minute. Add collard greens and cook another minute. Add the vegetable stock, cover and bring to a simmer. Cook until greens are tender, about 40 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

Collard greens sauteed in coconut oil

by Kathleen

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Community Welcomes Return of Dudley Market

The following blog was written by Megan Gallagher, TFP's summer communications intern. A rising junior at Boston University, Megan has also been helping out at our Dudley Farmers' Market. The market is open every Tuesday and Thursday , 3 - 7 p.m., until October 27.

The scene is lively at the Dudley Farmers' Market!
The scene is lively at the Dudley Farmers' Market!
Our big blue van pulled up to Dudley Town Common and I didn’t see a farmers’ market. I had envisioned several venders, each selling a variety of products but upon our arrival I realized that we, exclusively, would be today’s farmers' market.

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Mayor, Big Baby Kick off Bounty Bucks

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston Celtics star Glen “Big Baby” Davis helped get the 2011 Boston Bounty Bucks season underway at a noontime press conference held Monday, June 27, at the City Hall Plaza Farmers’ Market. Joining the mayor and Davis were Food Project Executive Director Margaret Williams, Youth Intern Phil Nguyen, Boston Public Market Association President Don Weist, and Scott Soares, Commissioner of Agriculture, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).

Intern Phil Nguyen addresses press conference kicking off the 2011 Boston Bounty Bucks season.
Intern Phil Nguyen addresses press conference kicking off the 2011 Boston Bounty Bucks season.

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A Week in My Garden: Guest Spotlight


ToRena checks on the bounty of her garden
ToRena checks on the bounty of her garden

Dorchester resident ToRena Webb invited me into her garden this past week. She has a number of projects going on in the backyard. From potatoes being grown in a trash can to the herb garden on the patio, ToRena is making the most of the space she has. She told me of how her father introduced her to gardening at a very young age. As an expecting mother, she plans to continue the tradition both with her children and her nephew. This week she will have her nephew help her harvest strawberries.



With such a busy schedule, how do you (plan to) incorporate gardening into you life?

I'm a Teaching and Performance Artist and am able to plan my schedule according to my own needs. I like to garden in the morning and early afternoon. This still gives me plenty of time to do many other things in my day.

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TFP Launches MA FoodCorps Initiative

 

The Food Project is excited to launch a major new effort to increase affordable, local food access for low-income children and their families in eastern Massachusetts. Beginning this fall, in partnership with CitySprouts and Boston Public Schools (BPS), TFP will be working on farm-to-school and school gardening projects in Boston, Lynn, and Gloucester. We are calling this partnership the Massachusetts FoodCorps Initiative.

This work is made possible by FoodCorps, a new AmeriCorps program that places service members for one year in high-need communities to improve children’s education about and access to healthy, locally grown food.

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TFP Seeks Community Greenhouse Proposals

The Food Project (TFP), with support from the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), is seeking partners to share community space in the recently opened Dudley Greenhouse.

The Dudley Greenhouse is a 10,000-square-foot facility in the Dudley Neighborhood of Roxbury. Owned by DSNI and leased by The Food Project, the greenhouse operates year-round as a food production and educational space. The Food Project operates enterprise projects that employ youth in half the space. In the remaining space, The Food Project has started running community educational programming, and is now seeking community partners to run their own programming in this space, with limited support from TFP.

Our hope is that by bringing in a few different organizations and/or individuals to use the space, the greenhouse will better serve a wide range of community interests and needs. Examples of projects include:

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